October 14th, 2009
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Senators respond to Pakistani protests, explain aid bill

A member of an Islamic fundamentalist party protests the aid bill October 2 in Pakistan.
A member of an Islamic fundamentalist party protests the aid bill October 2 in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairmen of the House and Senate committees on foreign relations Wednesday provided a written explanation of the $7.5 billion Pakistan aid bill, a response to Pakistani protests of U.S. meddling in its affairs.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman were joined by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as they spoke to reporters.

Qureshi had rushed back to Washington this week to report on the Pakistani Parliament's opposition to the five-year package of nonmilitary aid. Some Pakistani politicians said the aid bill was an American attempt to micro-manage Pakistan's civilian and military affairs.

Sen. Kerry, D-Massachusetts, said an "explanatory statement" will accompany the aid bill, which is awaiting President Obama's signature.

"Everyone is on the same page," Kerry said in a statement to journalists outside the door to the Foreign Relations Committee. "We are all clear about the intentions of the legislation."

He said the bill "demonstrates the American people have a long-term commitment to the people of Pakistan."

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Yet another foreign policy blunder. That's OK, at least Castro and Chavez like us now.

    October 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    WHAT IN THE DEVIL FOR DO WE HAVE A COMMITTMENT. Because they've successfully hid Osama Bin Laden for dang near 9 years. You people in government better wake up they're not your friends, as is Saudia Arabia, Iran, Libbya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine and the lesser Arab states in the middle east. INFIDELS MUST DIE ACCORDING TO THEM. LOOK AROUND AND SEE IF AMERICA IS NAOT CLASSED AS AN INFIDEL.

    October 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. mjm

    It did say no more bonuses for Pakistan CEO's and for now on they will be taxed in order to pay for the public option....and UAW are now the kings of Pakistan....and the taliban must go green.

    October 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Bruce Wexler

    Don't we have better things to do with this money then to feed a corupt government.? If they don't want the money, and Congress is so hot to give it away, this American could use a stimulus!!

    October 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Scott, Tucson

    Well there goes 7.5 billion of our tax dollars down the drain that could be better used here helping Americans keep their homes for job training and even towards health care. Once the Islamists takes over Pakistan which they will, how would Kerry spin that little defeat?

    October 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney aka Halliburton are still profiting from this mess, they should pay and not the American people.

    October 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    I'm tired of hearing about the Middle East. Pull out and let them fight each other .

    October 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Wisconsin mom

    Why can't we just LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE?! Terrorism is only fought through education, not war!!

    October 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    You sure he's protesting? I mean "Go America Go!" sounds like encouragement to me hahahaha

    October 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Mississippi Miss

    Why does Senator Kerry think that the American people have a long term commitment to give 7.5 billion dollars to a country, for which we have to give an 'explanatory statement' ?

    Liberals seem to love helping others with money that is not theirs to give away. I would be truly inspired to share some of John Kerry's
    wealth with Pakistan. My wealth (hard to wrap my head around that one).. my wealth, I would use to create jobs for AMERICAN WORKERS.

    Help American workers by CUTTING our TAXES. Stop the give-a-ways, if only for a little while. You can do it... just step away from my credit card, close my cash-box. Now open YOUR wallet... I know it
    doesn't feel as good... but you can do it... there is hope.

    October 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |